Every year a wealthy businessman, known only as “Secret Santa,” gives approximately $100,000 worth of hundred dollar bills to strangers. This year, he has put a unique twist on the gift in light of the difficult year law enforcement faced.

“Secret Santa” asked Jackson County sheriffs and deputies to give the money to whomever stood out to them. “Let’s start with a thousand,” he said as he handed them money.

The law enforcement officers looked for those they thought would most appreciate the gift. “Merry Christmas,” a deputy said while giving money to one driver. “You’re kidding. Oh my…” the shocked driver replied.

Many recipients burst into tears. Jessica Rodriguez was initially annoyed by the pullover, telling someone by cell phone she had been pulled over for “no cause.”

“How you doing, m’am?” the deputy asked her.

“I’m good until you pulled me over,” she answered.

“Okay, well, on behalf of Secret Santa, he wants you to have this, OK?” the deputy said while handing her money.

The astonished mother of three told the deputy he saved her Christmas. “I wasn’t going to be able to get my kids anything,” she told him.

“Well, I hope you may be able to get your kids something with it,” he said.

“Secret Santa” had another agenda as well. When asked what he wanted the officers to get out of his plan, he answered, “Joy. You know, as tough as they are they have hearts that are bigger than the world.”

Besides writing, R. McKinley loves reading (especially historical fiction and science books), playing piano and flute, being involved in politics and community, working out, enjoying nature, and hanging out with four wonderful cats.